ONGC issues updated release on Samudrika 10News // July 11, 2007
ONGC in India has issued a further release about the loss of the OSV Samudrika 10.
Samudrika 10 was in standby mode due to bad weather waiting to transfer cargo to ONGC’s drilling rig Sagar Gaurav, which is operating in Bassein and Satellite field. It started taking water and sank around 12.30hr on 9th July, 2007.
Samudrika 10 was operating in the sea at about 56 nautical miles from Nhava Supply Base of ONGC at the time of the incident. The sea conditions were reported at the time of incident as 3-4m swell, and 30-35 knots wind speed.
The vessel was operated by SICAL Logistics Ltd, Chennai, under an Operation & Maintenance Contract.
Out of the 14 manifested crew members, nine were rescued. A regional contingency committee consisting of ONGC, the Indian Navy, FODAG, Coast Guard and DG Shipping were immediately informed and activated for search and rescue operations.
In addition to one ONGC helicopter and three ONGC OSVs and two British Gas vessels became involved in search and rescue operations.
Immediately after the incident, another ONGC helicopter was also pressed into service, and an OGC support vessel was mobilized for rescue and search operations with divers and doctor on board.
On being apprised of the situation, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum Mr Murli Deora asked the Indian Navy to send an additional helicopter for search and rescue operations. All platforms, rigs and vessels of ONGC in the area have been advised to keep a close watch during the night.
Senior officers of ONGC were rushed to the accident site to oversee the search and rescue operations.
The rescued crew were brought back to Mumbai by an ONGC helicopter after providing necessary first aid offshore and a medical check up at the helibase carried out.
ONGC said the vessel was constructed in 1986 and completed its last statutory dry-dock in February 2006. Its next statutory dry-dock was due in November, 2008.
"The vessel sailed on July 6th from Nhava Supply Base in full sea-worthy condition and complied with all requisite certifications as per the statutory requirement," said ONGC.